Charlie Musselwhite

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Charlie Musselwhite
He is THE icon of blues harmonica playing: a man who has personally known, lived, and played with all the original innovators,from Will Shade, to Little Walter and Big Walter, and on down. Performing for more than fifty years, he carries this raw, passionate music right into the present, as a living blues legend who's still invigorated by a youthful spirit.

It's Charlie's mix of wild country abandon seasoned by years of playing urban electric blues in Chicago that spurs the likes of Ben Harper, Tom Waits and Gov't Mule to welcome Musselwhite onto their stages and records. That same brash, blues/rock rebel vibe was Dan Aykroyd's inspiration for his Elwood Blues persona, and it's what has won Musselwhite a pile of blues awards and earned the admiration and respect of his own heroes: Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. John Lee was even the best man at Charlie's wedding.

Over the years, Musselwhite has released dozens of albums and has contributed to countless others including guesting on Bonnie Raitt's Grammy® award-winning LONGING IN THEIR HEARTS, The Blind Boys of Alabama's Grammy-winning SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY, Tom Waits' MULE VARIATIONS and even playing the driving harmonica on INXS' SUICIDE BLONDE. He was the longtime compadre and musical partner to his friend John Lee Hooker.

Musselwhite's version of the blues ventures far beyond conventional honky-tonk — though the Harley Davidsons lined up outside Musselwhite's gigs testify that Musselwhite has what it takes to rock the house. Musselwhite himself is simply interested in music with feeling — as he puts it, "music from the heart": "For me, it's about the feeling, and connecting with people. And blues, if it's real blues, is loaded with feeling. And it ain't about technique either, it's about truth, connecting to the truth and communicating with people." That connection has been particularly strong with his fans from the start. "I've had Vietnam vets tell me that my music was important to them while they were in Vietnam. I've had people who've had problems with alcohol talk to me about quitting, and tell me that I inspired them to quit, I've had couples tell me that they met at one of my shows and got married years after."

Here at Seydel, we are honored and humbled if Charlie says: "I can't tell you how much I really really really like these harps!"



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